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Pixel 5 renders show Google returning to rear fingerprint reader

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  • OnLeak's Pixel 5 render.
  • The front is a modern design. The rear has three cameras and a fingerprint reader. OnLeaks x PriceBaba
  • There's no headphone jack, just a USB-C port. OnLeaks x PriceBaba
  • Google's official teaser image. Google

The Pixel 4a just started to ship yesterday, but we're already getting leaks of the Pixel 5. Google made the odd move of confirming the Pixel 5 alongside the Pixel 4a launch, and now thanks to OnLeaks, we're getting an idea of what Google's new flagship will look like.

OnLeaks previously nailed the Pixel 4a design eight months before launch, so his Pixel 5 render is worth paying attention to. As usual, this is a render that is most likely based on CAD files that need to be sent out to accessory manufacturers ahead of launch. That means we're getting the general layout of the device components and display, but some of the finer details could be wrong.

Anyway, the Pixel 5 render looks like a slightly upgraded 4a with a better camera, and that's about it. That means on the front you get a modern all-screen design with a hole-punch camera and slim bezels, and on the back, you get a Pixel 4-style camera block and the shocker inclusion of a rear fingerprint reader. The render shows three cameras, but the site describes the phone as having "dual cameras, an unknown sensor, and an LED flash." There's also no headphone jack.

If we take the render at face value and don't assume any magical hidden technology, this is a big refutation of all the gimmicks Google included in the Pixel 4. The render suggests Google is scrapping the clone of Apple's Face ID system it came up with for the Pixel 4. The Pixel 4 included a ton of extra hardware in the top bezel for this feature: dual IR cameras, an IR dot projector, and an IR Read More – Source